NEW YORK — When Maria Maffucci signed on for the pro-life movement as a teenager, she had no idea how personal her stand for life would become.
Today, in a culture that encourages abortion for babies with prenatal imperfections and increasingly treats elderly patients as a burden, she is raising a special-needs child and helping to care for her 80-year-old mother, who is recovering from a series of cancer surgeries.
“I’ve learned a lot more about medicine than I ever knew before, just going through this whole cancer process with my mom,” she said. “She needs someone to be with her overnight, and [family members] are taking turns staying with her.”
The demands of the pro-life ethic have truly hit home for Maffucci, but, then, she was born into the movement. (…)
In 1993 she married Robert Maffucci and gave birth to a son, James, who was diagnosed with autism. Now 16, he attends a private school for special-needs students. The Maffuccis live in New York City and have two other children, both girls. (…) “To tell you the truth, I don’t see what I’m doing for my family as pro-life work,” she explained. “I just see it as living out your life as God has prepared it for you. But maybe that’s the point. We shouldn’t look at ‘pro-life’ as a special sort of virtue. But our culture is so changed that people see you as making a heroic decision to raise a special-needs child or care for your elderly mother. But it isn’t heroism; it’s really the only way to live your life.”
‘Sandwich Generation’ Pro-Lifer
marzo 25, 2011 di channelman